Hong Kong student protest leaders are considering attending next month’s conference of regional leaders in Beijing to make their case for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Alex Chow with the Federation of Students said during a rally late Thursday that organizers are discussing trying to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which begins November 5.
The conference, which lasts until November 12, is being attended by world leaders, including President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
It is unclear whether the protest organizers would be permitted to visit the mainland. But Chow said that if they were not allowed to pass, it would be proof Beijing does not care about the opinions of Hong Kongers.
For the past month, protesters have camped out in the streets and held a series of massive rallies to protest Beijing’s decision to screen candidates running for chief executive in the territory’s 2017 elections.
Beijing, along with the mainland-friendly Hong Kong government, has declared the protests to be illegal and have refused to meet the protesters’ demands.